September 10, 2012 / 23 Elul 5772
The Jewish Agency’s traditional Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) ceremony for its employees which took place on Sunday, September 9.2012 was dedicated to immigrant lone soldiers. During the ceremony, 23 lone soldiers who were recently honorably discharged from the IDF received a grant to ensure their successful return to civilian life. The grants were given as a part of the Jewish Agency’s “Wings” program, together with the Mirage Foundation, from donations given to Keren Hayesod – United Israel Appeal.
All of the soldiers served in combat positions, including one female soldier. The soldiers immigrated from the United States, England, France, Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Mexico, Brazil, France, Australia El Salvador and Kenya. Each grant of 4,800 NIS is intended to assist the soldiers in the first stage of their return to civilian life.
The Jewish Agency’s ‘Wings’ project, which is supported by the Mirage Foundation, assists lone soldiers who immigrated to Israel without their parents. During their military service and the first stages of civilian life, participants receive assistance to ensure their successful integration into Israeli society. In addition to the grants, the soldiers participate in a course which prepares them for civilian life; receive individualized financial, employment and educational advice; and social support from Rotary volunteers.
The ceremony which took place at the Jewish Agency building in Jerusalem was attended by Natan Sharansky, Chairman of the Jewish Agency, Rany Trainin, Deputy Chairman of the Jewish Agency, Alan Hoffman, Director General of the Jewish Agency and Greg Masel, Director General of Keren Hayesod – UIA.
The Chairman of the Jewish Agency, Natan Sharansky said during the event: “We were often alone in the Diaspora, but here in Israel, there are no lone soldiers. It is our responsibility to help those young people who made the Zionist choice to immigrate to Israel and to defend our homeland.”
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